Ureteral Surgery

Also known as: ureteral stricture surgery, ureteroplasty.

What is ureteral surgery?

Ureters are the tubes that transport urine from the kidneys to the bladder. If urine is not flowing through the ureters properly, then ureteral surgery might be needed to fix the problem.

What happens during the procedure?

The surgery is performed either with a laparoscope (a thin, flexible tube with a light and camera on the end, or as an open surgery. The surgeon cuts out the narrowed portion of the ureter and stitches the two ends together. Then the incisions are closed.

Is any special preparation needed? 

The patient may need to avoid food, drinks and certain medications before ureteral surgery.

What are the risk factors?

Infection, bleeding, damage to surrounding organs and tissues, pain, blood clots, leg swelling, trouble urinating and vomiting are potential risks of ureteral surgery.

Reviewed by: Rafael Gosalbez, MD

This page was last updated on: January 20, 2022 04:48 PM